Guns for Groceries

Lansing Police Department Announces Second "Guns for Groceries" Buyback Program


Thanks to a $10,000 donation from Sparrow Health System, McLaren Greater Lansing and the Michigan Health and Hospitals Association (MHA), as well as more than $5,000 in individual donations, the Lansing Police Department today announced that the city's second gun buyback event - "Guns for Groceries" - will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tabernacle of David Church, located at 2645 West Holmes Road in Lansing.

Gift Cards


Guns for Groceries will provide a $50 Meijer gift card for any operable long gun, a $100 gift card for each operable handgun, and a $150 gift card for each operable military-style assault weapon turned in at the collection point.

No Questions Asked


As before, firearms will be accepted "no questions asked" to allow individuals to anonymously turn in firearms without fear of being charged with illegal possession of an unregistered firearm. Eligible firearms must be manufactured by a bona fide firearms company and includes handguns (i.e.: revolvers, semi-automatics) and long guns (rifles/shotguns/assault weapons). BB guns, pellet guns, homemade guns, and toy guns will also be accepted but will not be eligible for a gift card.

All handguns turned in at the collection point must be enclosed in a clear plastic container and transported to the site in a legal manner (unloaded, locked in the trunk of a vehicle). Long guns must be unloaded, in a sealed case and transported legally. Only firearms determined by LPD personnel to be in working order will be accepted. Licensed gun dealers, as well as active duty and retired police officers, are excluded from participating in the program. Limit two firearms per person will be accepted.

The buyback event will be staffed by the Lansing Police Department. Firearms that are turned in will be checked by an officer to verify that they are in working order, then logged in and tagged. All firearms accepted by the program will be secured by the LPD Quartermaster and destroyed in accord with the standard departmental protocol.

Any questions can be referred to Public Information Officer Merritt at 517-483-4805.